The Skillfully Styled Bookshelf
Get a relaxed but still polished vibe.
Upgrade your bachelor pad by investing in some quality furnishings to make your home more functional, stylish and comfortable.
Nothing can set the mood in your place quite like lighting. The more lamps, the better, we say. Use smaller lamps to create pockets of warmth in a room. Add task lighting like a classic Luxo lamp (first designed in 1937) for dedicated light on a desk. Or attach a space-saving lamp like this to the wall and angle it as needed. The key is to strike the right balance between price, build quality and a design that won't look out of date in a few years.
Industrial wall lamp, $475 by Workstead
A Comfortable Chair
A man needs a place where he can sit and think, read or nap. Look for a chair that's as handsome as it is comfortable—with sturdy arms and a little give in the seat. But don't rush the decision. "You can't tell if any chair is comfortable until you've occupied it for at least an hour," Charles Eames once said. Of course, you'll never regret investing in an old school leather club chair, whether it's brand new or vintage.
Eiffel club chair, $2,199 by Crate & Barrel
You don't have to have a big wall of built-ins, but a well-stocked bookcase speaks volumes about a man. It shows that you're well-read and with the addition of unique and personal accessories scattered throughout, it gives the feeling that you're well-traveled as well.
(Photo: Rue magazine)
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A Real Headboard
You've invested in a quality mattress for comfort. Make sure you also invest in a headboard to ground the bed and anchor it as the room's focal point. Whether you go for a traditional, upholstered version or more of a modern style with sharper lines is a matter of personal taste.
A Well-Stocked Bar
Stepping up your bartending game requires stocking the right bottles at home. Which means you need a place to put them. And, in case you were wondering, on top of the fridge is not a viable place for a grown man to store his booze. Instead, use a large tray to corral bottles and glasses or, if you have the room, go for an old fashioned bar cart.
Vintage French Factory bar cart, $1,195 by Restoration Hardware
A Flexible Ottoman
Low slung, upholstered ottomans make the perfect convertible pieces. These moveable cubes flex between acting as side tables, foot stools and extra seating. Double two of these up for a simple coffee table.
Leather ottoman, $199 by CB2
A Good Set
of White Sheets
There's something grown-up about a bed that's outfitted with crisp, white sheets. It obviously takes some responsibility to keep them nice and clean. But they're a smart move because they work with any decor and it always looks inviting for guests.
Cotton sateen sheet set, from $129 by Brooklinen